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Who needs an advance medical directive?

Unexpected critical care situations can happen at any age, so all adults, not just the ill or elderly, need advance medical directives. Although you probably know how you feel about emergency medical treatment issues, there may come a time in the future when you are seriously injured or too ill to be able to make or communicate decisions about medical treatment for yourself. In such a situation, advance medical directives provide a record of your wishes so that your family and doctors have a guide in making medical treatment decisions on your behalf that are consistent with your values, beliefs, and preferences.

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